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  1. Guarded

    I'm enjoying Guarded https://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/beginnings/guarded/ a lot. What I like is that the gay relationship is only part of the story; there is another major meme at play. As is common with Nifty stories from apparently new authors is the need for some editing but not enough that the story is difficult or unpleasant to follow. Wayne G has made a rapid transition from an enjoyable and completed but episodic story https://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/beginnings/waynes-journal to Guarded, with a more tightly constructed plot. Seeing rapid growth in an author is very welcome. Apart from the episodic nature of the story, my major complaint is too much explicit sex, a common fault of Nifty writers, but those scenes can be scanned quickly to get back to the main story. Let me know if you like Guarded.
  2. The em dash

    I ran into this link on the use of the em dash: https://themillions.com/2018/01/regarding-the-em-dash.html
  3. One doesn't have to agree with the political/religious perspective to respect the points made: https://www.prageru.com/videos/im-gayconservativeso-what
  4. Starting Over, by Tony A

    I'm liking Starting Over, by Tony A on IOMFAtS.org: iomfats.org/storyshelf/hosted/tony-a/ The premise is that a high-school jock hit maliciously in a football game has lost his memory, but one of the persons he does remember is a boy with whom he was paired in a chemistry lab (and who was expected to do all the work so that the football jock could pass the course). The boy is gay. The editing is only so-so.
  5. I realize people have been overwhelmed by the number of posts in this forum, but here's a new one, anyway. I just finished an e-book on my Kindle and noticed an acknowledgement of an editor and the editor's company, so I looked them up. the company is InvisibleInkEditing.com, which provides services (at a fee, of course) to prepare for electronic publishing from initial review of a draft to proofreading and finally formatting for publication on one of the various sites, such as Amazon. For those authors wanting to move to the next stage, take a look.
  6. The Discerning Palate

    I highly recommend The Discerning Palate by Noel Blue as well as his earlier serial novel The Groupie. The writing is excellent, the characters interesting and the plot well done. My only drawback is that Noel Blue is often slow to update. The Discerning Palate is finished through Chapter 8, so there is a lot to read. Here it is: https://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/adult-friends/the-discerning-palate/ I'd appreciate it if you also find this story worth reading and put a note in this forum.
  7. Novels by JF Smith

    This is the JF Smith page on Amazon. Using it might help. https://www.amazon.com/JF-Smith/e/B00I265UYA/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1509284386&sr=1-2-ent
  8. Mark Bingham 9/11

    On this anniversary day, we need to remember the contribution of Mark Bingham and others who died bringing down United 93 on 9/11, likely preventing a worse catastrophe on that day.
  9. Novels by JF Smith

    I'd start off with The Last Day of Summer, the baseball novel that is related to Falling Off the Face of the Earth. Alternately, Latakia is a good independent start.
  10. Novels by JF Smith

    No links. The books are available for Kindle (cheap) or in paperback (not so cheap). They're at Amazon.com under books. vwl
  11. I just finished Latakia on my Kindle and very recently read Falling Off the Face of the Earth and The Last Day of Summer. All have engaging and nicely developed characters and well-done plots, the last one in a professional baseball environment.
  12. Ayden's Eyes

    Nifty has a good story with a fresh plot: Ayden's Eyes https://www.nifty.org/nifty/gay/beginnings/aydens-eyes/ Still good at chapter 4, with more finished chapters yet to read.
  13. Hidden Kisses

    Link fixed in previous post. Sorry.
  14. Hidden Kisses

    I was about to start a new topic about this movie, but bilal beat me to it (by about a month). The acting is outstanding, the relationships of the characters is drawn really well in a fine plot, the cinematography is superb. The English subtitles leave something to be desired, but they are adequate to get the story across. I found the movie at http://tbiet.blogspot.com/ in a May 18th posting (jeudi, Mai 18), now on the second page or lower (click on 'articles plus anciens' at the bottom of the text)
  15. Fire Your Investigator?

    I think everything in the Oval Office is recorded, including the 18 or so minutes of Nixon's days.